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Nowhere To Run (Joe Pickett #10)

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It's Joe Pickett's last week as a temporary game warden in the mountain town of Baggs, Wyoming, but his conscience won't let him leave without checking out the strange reports coming from the wilderness: camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. What awaits him is like something out of an old campfire tale, except this story is all too real-and all too deadly.
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Berkley Books (first published March 31st 2010)
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I have read other Joe Pickett stories. After reading this one, I feel wet, tired and isolated.

Joe is the most beat up Game Warden I know. He's ethical and it gets him into trouble EVERY time. His wife Mary Jo has her own troubles with her very manipulative Mother. He dosen't play well with the political higher ups. His children are bored with life in rural Wyoming.

The landscape is wild and free, and desolate. Don't get into trouble, because help is far away. On one of the last days of his "penan...more
First Sentence: Three hours after he’d broken camp, repacked, and pushed his horses higher into the mountain range, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett paused on the lip of a wide hollow basin and dug in his saddlebag for his notebook.

Game Warden Joe Pickett is making the last pass before going home through the territory he has been covering for the past year. He’s following up on reports of vandalism and other hunter’s game butchered out. He doesn’t expect to run into twin brothers who resent being...more
The beginning of this - with Joe being on his own and stalked by two seemingly crazy guys in the mountains - creeped me out and made me anxious. However, as the book moved forward and the story/stories unwind to the grand finale, and all the pieces of the puzzle are put together it all made sense to me. I can't tell for sure of Box's critique of our government and how it works is totally dead on but I do know that I agree in principle that our government is way too big for it's britches and, whe...more
Giovanni Gelati
You may flog me now. This is actually the first time I have read C.J. Box and his hero Joe Pickett. I have no excuses why it took me so long to read my first one, only regrets that I have not been involved as a reader sooner. Maybe I am not the only the one out there that hasn’t read the fine works of C.J. Box. If that is the case then let it be known to the uninitiated that he has won numerous awards: The Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards as well as the French Prix Calibre .38...more
I am liking all of C.J. Box's books but this is one of my favorites. In addition to the non-stop action I liked how Box dove deeper into Joe and how he feels about who he is and what he does. The fact that he questions himself and his job is real and honest. The fact that he even questions himself as a man, provider, husband, father is real. Box also did an excellent job of showing the reader more deeply how Joe's character and what he believes in affects the choices he makes everyday. In previo...more
Minty McBunny
This book was ok, not up to the usual high caliber of this series. The story seemed really dragged out and the mystery was not all that compelling. I was glad that Joe's family was not imperiled this time, but I would have liked to see their storyline advance a bit.
Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden, comes across a pair of evil brothers hiding out illegally in a remote mountainous area of the State forest. He faces many dangerous challenges, and as usual his stubborn determination to do the right thing with little help from inept and corrupt law enforcement saves the day. The formula works because of his grounding in his family, a savvy wife and wise kids. A man of few words, his actions speak louder than words. We all wish we could have his moral compass....more
Peter T. Tomaras
I'd really give it 4.5 stars. Savor this from early in the book:
"The Tetons were flashy, cold, bloodless Eurotrash mountains—too spectacular for their own good. They were the mountain equivalent of supermodels. The Gros Ventres were a rich graveyard of human history—both American Indian and early white—that held their secrets close and refused to accmoodate the modern era. The Wind River Mountains were what the Tetons wanted to be: towering, incredibly wealthy with scenery and wildlife, vast, a...more
#10 in the Joe Pickett series. Finalist 2011 Barry Award for Best Novel. Pickett is wrapping up his year of exile in Baggs, Wyoming and feels it wouldn't be right to leave his successor with no status on several issues of game theft, looted cabins and a missing runner. Joe spends his final week on horseback through the most wild backcountry and encounters a set of twin poachers who almost kill him before he escapes. They certainly shake his confidence and make him question his manhood. While on...more
Tim Niland
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is on horseback patrol in a remote mountainous section of the state when he comes across a lone man fishing in a secluded lake. Citing him for fishing without a license sets in motion a string of events he can scarcely imagine. Soon Pickett is in a fight for his life against two fugitive bothers hiding out in the remote wilderness. Barely escaping with his life, he is forced to return to the wilderness to try to learn the fate of a young woman who went missing yea...more
I like game warden Joe Pickett, and his family - but in this book it seemed that the author himself holds the libertarian, anti-government views that some of the characters espoused. (eg the opinion that European countries are "socialist" because they provide universal health care and universities don't charge tuition to local students.) However the main story was an exciting thriller that kept me reading till 2 am and I only stopped then because I was falling asleep.
Bryan Higgs
I was hoping that this was my introduction to a new author whose books I'd enjoy.

Not really. The book held my attention, but there was far too much of a super-Libertarian focus to it. As usual, those that hold a blind belief in small government confuse the excesses of government (which we clearly have in the US) with socialism, when in fact the excesses of government here have much more to do with oligarchy and the rich running rampant over the normal people -- the opposite of socialism as it sh...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This was my first C.J. Box Joe Pickett novel.I really enjoyed it.Ifound the story to be gripping. Joe is finishing up a one year exile in Baggs.prior to returning to his home district, But he has one more patrol to ride.Reports have reached Joe of a butchered red elk. campsite looting and tire slashings.He feels it is his duty to check out the butchered elk before turning over the district to the new warden..But Joe gets more than he bargained for when he meets up with some creepy underground ex...more
I won this book thru Good Reads and I was really excited about it. It is my first novel that I have read by C.J. Box and I was quite impressed with this. This is the second book I have ever read that has the main character as a Game Warden. I look forward to more books by this author. I like the author’s descriptions of the areas of southern Wyoming. Literally I could not put this book down, it is packed full of excitement and twists and turns. It is really hard to write a review about this book...more
AWESOMESAUCE! This was a great addition to the Joe Pickett books. This from start to finish would make a great film as well. Granted more/less a sequel because of the end. The plot, the environment, the good vs. bad but the bad maybe isn't so bad elements, all of it. If you make it this far into the Pickett series this one makes up for the last. I still think a spin-off series about Nate could easily be done. To many unanswered questions with him, so much intrigue not to mention as a shooting fa...more
Rex Fuller
This is the one of the series I have the most affection for, now having read all of them. Others, Breaking Point comes to mind first, are more impressive to me. But this one feels the best. A very simple story. The ongoing palpable erosion of freedom sets events in motion where Pickett is nearly killed, then against good judgment and what he might really want to do, goes back to do his job. Joe still believes he is not part of the problem that is taking freedom away but he is relying more and mo...more
Starts out as a fast-paced thriller and a real change-of-pace for the Pickett series but degenerates into another book where big government and "creeping socialism" are the real villains and Tea Party politics and Ayn Rand are the solution. I think at least half the books in the series use a Ruby Ridge type incident as a plot point and this is another one. Some good stuff but C.J. Box needs some new ideas to keep the series fresh. I hope so because his writing is damn good.
Box is an excellent mystery/outdoor adventure writer. His series about forester Joe Pickett follows the family through numerous postings and traumas. I guess I'm having a "why do TERRIBLE things always happen to Joe" moment---one man can not possibly run into so many evil people. He's a really nice guy, almost too nice, and yet the world keeps stomping on him, they live in crummy houses, more wounds ensue. I think I need a hiatus!
This was my first C.J. Box Joe Pickett novel and I was very pleased. I found the story to be gripping, and Joe Pickett to be a heroically flawed and likeable protagonist. Based on this book I will be inclined to seek out the earlier novels for adding to my to-be-read list. I heard C.J. speak on a panel at BoucherCon 2009 and was impressed by him. This was a free copy I received thru Goodreads' First Reads giveaway. Thanks to them!
Shazza Maddog
Joe Pickett is investigating a poached elk when he comes across the poachers - identical twins who manage to chase him down off the mountain, leaving his two horses dead and butchered, and Joe bleeding out as he tries to escape.

He does, but when he tries to report to anyone that the Grim Brothers, as they called themselves, actually exist, no one can find any trace of them. It's like they're ghosts, or maybe Wendigos. But this strange guy, McCue, shows up in Joe's hospital room with more questi...more
This almost failed the "50 page" test. I thought that our hero was making some silly decisions at the start of the book, leading to an unfortunate incident. Once that section was over, and we got to hear from the rest of his family, the book began to work for me. Luckily, that happened before I hit the 50th page and so I continued on to the end.
Well done. However, we have a difference in polical philosophy. Author appears to support the "underground" movement and is unhappy with the way things are in the United States and with its government.
Katherine L
I really enjoyed the first section of this book, where Joe Pickett is pitted against a really creepy set of twin brothers. I found some of the political motivations in the rest of the story a bit far-fetched.
Nancy Evans
I am fairly new to C. J. Box but I'm quickly becoming a fan. Nowhere to Run wasn't the run of the mill mystery. It kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages as quickly as I could read them. There's also quite a bit of political commentary in between the lines which it makes it even more interesting to read. Joe Pickett seems to be a "man's man" but he has a soft side, too which makes him very appealing. For those of us who enjoy the "wide open spaces" the location in which the story t...more
I have been a pretty avid Joe Pickett fan since Open Season.

Nowhere to Run was an exciting book. Frankly, the first hundred or so pages were some of the best of the series. However, I did read the whole book.

I believe that this will be my last Joe Pickett book. I have just grown very weary of this series. I don't understand the need to jam in the political stuff. The series was better when these themes were more subtle. I liked reading about Joe the good guy, not about how the federal governmen...more
Why have I never stumbled across this author before now? I absolutely loved this book. The story starts off with Joe who is a warden coming across a pair of brothers who then make his life difficult. It is impossible to say much more than that about the plot itself without giving any spoilers.

As I said, I have never read anything by this author before. I didn't find this to be a problem considering the book is part of a series. You can read this book easily as a stand alone book. That said, I a...more
Jim Thomsen
I love this series, and I enjoy everything C.J. Box has published. The Pickett novels are ones I buy from my local indie mystery store on their release date, and "Nowhere to Run" was no exception. I gobbled it up in two days.

Most of the hallmarks that hooked me on Box and Pickett are present here — gorgeous descriptions of settings, unimpeachable authenticity and an unsentimental love of the Wyoming back country among them. Oh, and sharply drawn characters, an original voice (no fake Craig John...more
This the best Joe Pickett novel C.J. Box has written. The themes that have always run through this amazingly good set of novels are still there: Joe Pickett, the stubborn, conscientious Game Warden who deeply loves the land - his wife and family-- but "Nowhere to Run" is painted on a bigger canvas. Box takes on some of the questions that run through American life today. What happened to some of our basic rights - such as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?"

This review will contain some...more
Kathleen Hagen
Nowhere to Run, by C. J. Box, b-plus, narrated by David Chandler, produced by recorded Books, downloaded from

This book is part of the game warden Joe Picket series, from Wyoming. This book is from the middle or perhaps end of the series and I had not read any book before in the series, so some of it was more confusing to me than it will be for readers who have kept up with the series. In this book, Joe Pickett hears that cabins in the mountains are being vandalized, and hunters come...more
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Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of nineteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He's also won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His short stories have been featured in America's Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel BLOOD TRAIL was nominated for the International IMPAC Dub...more
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